Luxman K-8

October   1 9 7 9 october 1979
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Part of the pre-Alpine jungle of recorders.

The K-8 isn't a mountain high but a recorder with the standard features of a mid-end 1979 recorder : one motor, one capstan, one 3-layer laminated Sendust r/p head, feather-touch pads, FL display & counter, Bias fine trim pot, Rec Mute switch plus Tiimer & Auto play / rewind / repeat functions.

The record amplifier is Luxman's Realtime Processed DC circuit, as inaugurated in 1976 with the Laboratory Standard Series.
What the K-8 has on top is fine looks, worthy of a Studio Standard Series.

And what is has as well is a little hole in its lid to access the Play Skew adjustment of the Luxman XM tapes : those ultra-rare rarities which allow to separately adjust the tape's playback and record mechanisms.

As for almost everybody else, Alpine may have had a hand in the K-8, at least for the heads, pots and switches. Or partly. Or not.
But the mechanism location, to the regular left, probably denotes a more "common" outsourcing than the 5K50 or K-12 for instance. The K-10 was made by Copal Koki...

And it is quite possible the K-8 had another life, cosmetically different, later on, under another name and another "series" - Luxman is Luxman.

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Luxman K-8 specifications
Title Value
Heads : 1x 3-layer laminated Sendust for rec&play
1x Sendust for erase
Motors : 1x DC servo
Tape drive : Single-Capstan
Tape speed : 4,75cm/s
Rewind time : 70s (C-60)
Amplifier : DC amp (record amp)
Wow & flutter : 0,055% (WRMS)
S/N ratio : > 58dB (Type IV ; Dolby off)
> 65dB (Type IV ; Dolby on)
> 57dB (Type II ; Dolby off)
> 56dB (Type II ; Dolby on)
> 55dB (Type I ; Dolby off)
> 60dB (Type I ; Dolby on)
Frequency response : 20Hz...20Khz (Type IV)
30Hz...17Khz (± 3dB ; Type IV)
20Hz...18Khz (Type II)
30Hz...16Khz (± 3dB ; Type II)
20Hz...16Khz (Type I)
30Hz...15Khz (± 3dB ; Type I)
Overall distortion : 1,5% (Type I ; 1Khz ; 0dB)
Real Analyzed distortion : 0,7% (Type I ; 1Khz ; 0dB)
Inputs : line in (100mV / 50kOhm)
mic (0,3mV / 600Ohm...10kOhm)
Outputs : line out (580mV...1V / 10kOhm)
headphones (1,25W / 8 Ohm)
PC : 30W
Dimensions : 43,8 x 10,8 x 28,5cm.
Weight : 6kg.
List price : 79,800¥ (1981)
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